Breaking 100 : All hands on deck

Breaking 100 : All hands on deck – golf swings

You can’t hope to break 100 until you’ve trained your body, especially your hands, in the basic principles of the golf swing. Your wrists are the hinges that let the hands work, and the hands are the eyes of the swing.

The hinging-unhinging of the wrists is the key to power, accuracy

There can be a lot of technical things to think about in the golf swing–too many things, frankly. But if you’re trying to break 100, you need to keep it simple. So focus on this one key move: Hinge the wrists before your hands reach shoulder height on the backswing, unhinge the wrists on the downswing and then hinge them again before your hands reach shoulder height on the follow-through. Practice and play with this compact, effortless motion, even if that means “chipping” every shot until it becomes more natural. Master this move and you’ll consistently deliver the front of the club to the back of the ball.

Loft lets you learn better

Practice the hinge-unhinge-hinge move with the lofted clubs first. You won’t feel as if you have to help the ball up, or “scoop” the hands at impact.

There is only one grip: yours

I don’t know that there’s one perfect grip for everyone, but everyone should have just one grip. In short, learn to grip the club the same way every time and your swing will be more consistent.

Make slopes work for you

Don’t just practice flat putts. See how slope affects speed. Know how your ball rolls uphill, downhill and across slopes. Vary your practice, and your feel will improve.

Learn to roll the ball the right distance

Putting is so simple, even a child can do it well. The key is letting yourself roll the ball to the hole. Don’t worry about aim or how you’re gripping the putter, just focus on distance. Ideally the ball should have enough pace to finish 18 inches past the hole, but learn to die the ball at the hole first. “Never up, never in” works only if the putts are always going in. Remember, when we’re talking about breaking 100, we’re not talking about making more putts. We’re talking about eliminating three- and four-putts. By dying the ball at the hole, you’re going to do that, especially if you’re playing with anybody who’s reasonably civil about giving putts.

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